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Turns out not only was it my Birthdaystravoganzapalooza but the Denver Broncos gave us some news to talk about on last night’s show.
In order to make sure we had the 411 on the ins and outs of the trade and it’s impact on the Broncos, we welcome good friend of the show and twitter machine Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Frank and I chat about Marshall and his affect on the Broncos, and then talk about some of the other points of attack the team may have going into next Thursday. We also chat about the direction of the team, the different ways the offense could be heading and the fact that Denver might want to get a Center in at some point—since they don’t have one at all on the roster.
We cover all that and more Broncos talk before segueing into more general NFL talk, including the fact that we both have reservations about shifting the Draft so suddenly to Thursday and a three day format and why.
After we bid Frank adieu (classy huh?) and take a brief break, I welcome in Shane Hallam. Shane does work everywhere including some nice videos on the Draft here and a podcast on BlogTalkRadio as well as contributing to Scott Wright’s site over at DraftCountdown.com.
Shane and I touch on a bunch of different Draft-related topics including running backs and wide receivers. Shane—as a Steelers fan—also helps me break down the Santonio Holmes to the Jets trade.
Along with all the above spots to catch Shane’s work, you can follow him on Twitter, @TheP1414.
Altogether good stuff. There might be better ways to spend your birthday but this was a pretty good one.
I capped the evening off (post-show) with a 90 minute chat on Jared Faree’s What’s Your Fantasy show talking movies. Check that out here for some movie madness as we decide what flicks Jared has to see of the vast list of stuff he hasn’t.
As always, thanks for listening and following.
Wow. When you miss, you miss.
Just yesterday I was debating with someone on Twitter that with Santonio Holmes going so cheap, there was no way the Denver Broncos get a second round pick for him this year. The market wouldn’t bear it, so I thought.
And truthfully, he wasn’t traded for a second rounder.
He was traded for two. Reportedly this trade involved a second round pick this year and a pick in 2011, reportedly another second rounder.
WOW. That’s probably proper value for Marshall in another market but in this one? A little surprising.
The Denver Broncos should send the Jets a fruit basket or something. I have to wonder if they got a good price on Marshall since the Jets have been gorging themselves at the trade/free agent buffet table all off-season.
Miami had to be feeling some pressure to improve. On paper, the Jets started running away with the AFC East. You still have to play the games (and the Jets schedule is reportedly a rough one) but they are loading up.
I think this is a good trade for both teams. I hope Marshall keeps his head straight. Miami isn’t NYC or Los Angeles in terms of distractions, but the nightlife is seductive.
I’m pretty excited to be covering the Broncos at the Draft next week. Should be even more interesting now.
Here are my thoughts on how the trade affects both teams:
He HAD Tedd Ginn jr, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Greg Camirillo and Patrick Turner.
He has that (well soon minus Ginn) and now Brandon Marshall. I don’t need the telescope to know he’s literally dancing with joy.
Marshall has tremendous talent and this is a fantastic move for the Dolphins and will help Henne quite a bit. They need to do something with the run game and have several other holes to fill.
But for the Dolphins, I think this was quite simply a no brainer. It has some risk to it (less so than the Jets and Holmes). If it works out though, it will keep them in the hunt.
By the way if Ginn wasn’t gone before, you can punch his ticket now. About time to end that disaster of a first round pick for Miami.
Look at Dez Bryant, a guy Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs-Gazette has been saying the team should be looking at for a while now.
If you don’t like the fact that you’d be trading one head-case for another potential one in Bryant, how about Georgia Tech’s Demaryious Thomas? Or maybe USC wideout Damian Williams? Mardy Gilyard? Arrelious Benn? Or wait and grab a guy like Citadel’s Andre Roberts.
It’s a good draft for them to grab a wide receiver. And now, they have the ammunition to do even more, with the 43rd now in addition to the 45th.
In this Draft, it’s pretty significant.
Sure, this downgrades Orton/Quinn a bunch. Eddie Royal struggled so much last year we don’t know which is the real Royal: the rookie stud or the sophomore dud.
There are solid wide receivers there but no sure-fire stud. Any rookie they draft will take a little while to get up to speed (Mike Crabtree disagrees with me).
Still, the Broncos will probably be fine and the picks more than compensate for any short term loss.
This trade, like the Holmes trade Monday, has the possibility of being a win-win for both teams.
The Broncos get rid of a headache for outstanding value and the Dolphins get a very, very good wide receiver. If Marshall can keep his head on straight, he’ll do fine in Miami. Henne gets a new weapon, better than any he has had thus far.
Looks good from all angles right now to me.
Hey folks – show went well – you can download it here or on ITunes or listen via the streaming shows on the right side of this page. Also had a great appearance on Reality Football with Marc, Brian and Cakes. Quick but good. Show was fun to listen to as well.
Let’s wrap things up so I can get some beauty sleep….
New England Patriots
So Tom Brady may or may not be hurt – who can ever tell with New England – but he practiced like a man who was feeling no pain. Like I said multiple times today, you weren’t going to bench him. I also am not of the mind that the Pats will run the heck out of the ball whether or not Brady is hurt. If they do, it will be a RBBC, not just Maroney. Regardless, while Brady will suffer a drop off from last year (who wouldn’t) he will play – and probably play well given that KC is a mess.
As I mentioned on the show tonight, Greg Camirillo has moved into the first team offense and according to HC Tony Sparano, he may see a lot of action against the Jets. He spoke pretty glowing of him –
“We really haven’t given him a lot of opportunities to be on the field for long periods of time,” Sparano said. “He’s got really good awareness. He gives the quarterback a pretty sound target. The guy has excellent hands, can run after the catch. He’s sneaky fast. I really like what the guy has done.”
I wouldn’t start him this weekend with Darelle Revis and rookie Dwight Lowery at the corners, but he could be good to stash on your bench and see what pans out.
First of all, HC Gary Kubiak denied ever having Tatum Bell in for a visit. That’s how low things have sunk for Tater – he may have been misunderstoon in this mess (yeah, I had problems saying it like you did reading it) but it seems unlikely that he will catch on anywhere.
And with the RB situation as murky as it is, maybe they could have used another RB. Ahman Green is ‘healthy’ and the starter – but only until he gets hurt which will probably be…. right….. about ……… NOW. Seriously, I call Chris Brown ‘Mr. Glass’ but Green must be the original owner of that name. He’ll be hurt – so is it Steve Slaton or Chris Taylor. They will use all three this weekend but you won’t know who to start. However keep an eye on the game anyway – Taylor or Slaton could break out and give you an idea of the next RB you need to own in Houston. (Myself, I like Slaton.)
New Orleans Saints
TE Jeremy Shockey is not on the injury report – which means he will debut (finally) for the Saints against the Bucs this weekend. He may be a mismatch for that secondary so he should casue soem real problems for the defense. How much will he do, stats-wise? Hard to say. I feel wierd saying start him given he hasn’t played a snap in any game in quite some time. But the matchup isn’t bad and if you run TE-BC you could do worse.
That’s all for now unless something reveals itself during the repeat of NFL Live starting now. I will see you all tomorrow for the morning post and the Thundering Blurb Daily News Stampede at noon EST/9am PST.
Second of probably three of these today barring some giant piece of news – also remember to catch myself, Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom on BlogTalkRadio as The Drive Block will bring you 2 hours of live genius beginning at 10pm EST/7pm PST.
Guess who’s back? Not Slim Shady but the ever-loving Rain Man himself – Adam ‘not Pacman’ Jones! Well it seems the gamble Jerry Jones and the ‘boys took will pay off. The NFL fully reinstated Jones today and according to the Dallas Morning News , he found out while he was eating at Hooters. Classy. Seriously though, Jones was just hitting his stride when he got into huge trouble and I think that once he has some real gameplay again, he will begin to get back in the groove. Good gamble by the Cowboys if Jones keeps his nose clean and his singles in his pocket.
You know how I was saying last night I was going to watch this game to see if Jim Sorgi can recover from an awful preseason. He won’t. Sorgi will not be playing at all since his knee is hurt. So watch as Quinn Gray and Jared ‘The Hefty Lefty’ Lorenzon battle to hold Manning’s clipboard. We hope that Manning’s back-up will be irrelevent but as the mystery around Peyton’s knee deepens and people will be worrying up until kickoff of Week 1 whether he will start or not.
The best part of this? Week 1? The Colts play the Bears when? Sunday night. That’s right – Manning owners may have to make a decision whether to risk losing a position if Manning does not play or putting their back-up in to play it safe but missing a good Manning game.
We’ll talk about this a ton next week on the podcast both here and the at The Drive Block. Heck if it’s still this murky next Friday, I’ll definitely give you my thoughts on the blog as well.
So a lot of folks have been pushing for Willis McGahee to not only lose the #1 gig to Ray Rice but to get cut completely or traded. Chief among these folks would be the Baltimore Sun who would have run him out on a rail a week ago had they been in charge. Well, the Sun has finally admitted McGahee is unlikely to go anywhere. Now long term, he may not be there next year if Ray Rice plays like it looks like he can. But short term, if McGahee is healthy, I expect him to get most of the carries. I don’t expect them to over-utilize Rice so that he burns out mid-season. And they will need to run the ball a lot given the mess of their QB situation. There’s not a lot out there to acquire via Free Agency (Duante Culpepper is about it). The Sun points out if they wait until Saturday, Chris Simms may be cut my Tampa, but then they might be in a dogfight with the Cowboys and a few other teams and I don’t know they can win a street fight there right now.
Ricky Williams is the starter for tonights finale though how much work he will see is debateable as the Phins will want to see what Ronnie Brown can do. Williams will start the season as the #1 – no matter how good Brown does. But – and this is important – there will be a split from the getgo. He’ll take the field first but he won’t be the only back here. If Brown is lights out tonight, he will get more snaps next week. If he’s average or – bite my tongue BAD – Ricky will get the majority.
Like I have said before – these guys are borderline #2,s or really #3 with upside. Treat them as such and leave yourself room to be pleasently surprised rather than annoyed because you depended upon them for too much.
That’s all for now – another post a little later and don’t forget The Drive Block on BlogTalkRadio tonight at 10pm EST/7pm PST.
We’ll get right into it this afternoon -
New York Jets
As expected, the Jets cut Chad Pennington. As much as he wasn’t the long term answer there, he had been trying to cope with the questioning for a long time and seemed to handle it with class. Miami is a destination being tossed around – Parcells drafted Pennington after all and wouldn’t it be interesting if the QB who changed teams and went on to punk his old team in this whole mess ended up being The Chad?
Or they could get stomped by Favre and the Jets too.
Rudi Johnson, who started camp like a house of fire, is now going to miss Monday’s preseason opener due to a sore hammy. Ordinarily I would write that off as veteran privileged expect for 2 things – 1) He took all season last year for a hamstring recovery and 2) he’s starting to miss a lot of Training Camp work. Chalk it up to more question marks for the back who used to be a solid and consistent top 10 pick every Fantasy season. I still think he will have a big season, but I am beginning to be concerned.
Kevin Smith is slated to get around 10 carries in the Lions game against the Giants. This will be a tough test for the 3rd rounder and we’ll get a real sense of what he can and can’t do – and whether he will blaze past Tatum Bell – very quickly over the next few weeks. Even if he doesn’t win the job outright, we all know Bell’s propensity for choking in the RB 1 spot. So Smith will get his chance by mid-season. Bank on it.
Ronnie Brown may not play in Saturday’s preseason opener as he is still healing from his ACL injury. He is practicing twice a day, so more than likely they just want to be careful, more than he’s not ready. He’ll be back in it soon, as HC Tony Sparano says ‘it’s mostly mental’. With ACL injuries for any player – but especially running backs – trusting that limb again to support your weight can be tough. Brown should be good to go by Week 1 and is great as a RB2 with the upside of a #1. Remember, this cat was on fire the beginning of last year until his injury. We know he could play at a high level before – now he just needs to prove he still can. High upside on the guy whose ADP is the end of the third.
More later – and don’t forget to drop on by the Drive Block tonight – 7pm PST/10pm EST.
See ya then!
A little later than I have been trying to achieve, but here ’tis.
So I blinked and missed that receiver Steve Smith had gotten into a fight with cornerback Ken Lucas. Apparently at one point Lucas one on one knee when Smith punched him in the face.
Lucas left the field with a face injury and Smith is not in camp today, though that was apparently planned anyway. His agent says he (Smith) realizes he made a big mistake. No word on Lucas’ state right now. I like to see fire in players in Training Camp but damn…..
Tatum Bell is out today due to ‘personal reasons’ (insert your own joke here – it’s too easy) and so Kevin Smith is running with the first team today. This isn’t a shock, that he’s #2 in front of Brian Calhoun. With only the inconsistent Bell to beat, he should have a significant amoutn of carries from the get-go in Week 1. A lot of people dislike the 450 carries last year in Central Florida and worry he may burn out. But as he is IN NO WAY anything more than a #2 or 3 on your Fantasy Team, you should be able to ride him early and if he keeps it up all season, then you have some nice bonus points.
Look the guy is going – on average – about 30-35th RB off the board. Every pick in the first three rounds will not be running backs. You can easily pick up a solid #2 and Smith for the upside. Personally I am not too worried about his legs this year anymore than any other rookie back (they tend to wear down over a Pro campaign – it’s rare one doesn’t) so it shouldn’t be a shock if he does. But think about this- maybe Smith, having toted the rock so many times last year – will not wear down. Maybe he has already got the fortitude worked up. Food for thought.
This doesn’t shock me – nor should it you – but quarterback John Beck is still struggling. According to this blurb on Rotoworld a local writer has dubbed him ‘Checkdown’ as that’s his favorite play. (For what it’s worth, Brady Quinn in Cleveland is having the same problem – not with the name, but the lack of down the field aggressiveness.) I said it during the 2007 draft, revisited it during this year’s draft and will say it here again for the cheap seats – this is why Tedd Ginn Jr was a bad pick. You went for a special teams player with upside as a receiver instead of the position of need, quarterback. Now as I pointed out, Quinn (who was sitting there to be picked) is having similiar problems, but Quinn and John Beck are not similiar quarterbacks and not of the same value.
And this is why Bill Parcells got brought in to fix this disaster. Bedk is worthless on your fantasy roster. He will continue to struggle and I think find himself in danger of losing his gig within the next two years, if that. Again, should be no revelation, especially if you have heard me spout on this before.
A day late and a dollar short, I now have a guy to watch that better fits Cecil’s question during the Drive Block last night. According to the Washington Post, Colt Brennan will start the second half of Sunday’s Hall of Fame game tilt with the Indianapolis Colts. Brennan is recovering from off-season surgery on his hip (and a severe Draft stock tumble) but is supposed to be ready to go. he’s years away from being a factor but i am curious to see what he can do, now that he’s healthy and had a chance to get acquainted with the offense.
That’s all for now folks – back later with an afternoon review!
Another in the series of video profiles and news updates I have done for NFLDraftBible.com.
So while I was in flight yesterday, two (long expected, in my mind) trades have come to fruition. One was an abandoned Draft Day deal that was revisited and one was the final goodbye for a player who hasn’t gotten along with the new regime since… well ever since they showed up.
Of course, I am referring to the trade of Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints and the trade of Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins.
Shockey was supposed to be in black and gold back in April – it was such a done deal that I have it on good authority that at least one Saints player called Shockey to welcome him to the fold. But something went wrong and the deal died and we all assumed it would stay dead. Until yesterday. Assuming Shockey passes a physical on wednesday, he’ll be the #1 TE on the team, with Billy Miller, Eric Johnson and Mark Campbell fighting for the last couple of roster slots.
MY TAKE: If Shockey stays healthy, he could have a huge season. we all know how much Brees loved to throw to Antonio Gates in San Diego. We also know there is no solid #2 option in the passing game after Marques Colston (ok, Reggie Bush, but in terms of a pure receiver?). Shockey won’t have to stay in and block as much as he did for the G-men. It should be a match made in heaven. From a fantasy standpoint, Shockey might crawl back into top 5 status. As for the rest – I think Eric Johnson is on his way out. He can’t stay healthy, he was signed after Billy Miller this off season and the Saints were already looking to make Billy Miller a big part of the offense. I think maybe Johnson hangs on, but I wouldn’t bet my house on it. I think Miller will still do a bunch for the Saints, but clearly a lot less than he might have without Shockey.
As for the Giants – some might say Kevin Boss isn’t a lock to start – and maybe he ain’t. But I think he will get every shot and he played so well late last year that he made this trade possible. The Giants didn’t suddenly have so much faith in Darcy Johnson and Mike Matthews that they could ship Shockey off. While Boss still has to work on blocking – and both other guys will get plenty of snaps pre-season – Boss was the one who made this move possible, in my mind. He won’t be a top 10 TE in Fantasy, but he should do very well otherwise and I expect a good season from him.
Meanwhile, Jason Taylor wasn’t winning friends in Miami with his Dancing with the Stars appearances. Bill Parcells made it clear he wasn’t in love with Taylor’s absence and this move – while not to a place I was expecting prior to this weekend – was bound to happen. Once Washington lost two Defensive Linemen to injury in the space of a couple of days, Taylor made sense.
MY TAKE: I have said all off-season that Taylor has more in the tank. I don’t think the Skins overpayed – a 2nd next year and a 6th the year after. Taylor may only play another year – but even so, Washington needed help now. Rumors are they may use him as a Linebacker as well as a Defensive End and that should give him some opportunity to make some open field plays. He should head over to the left side, which means Andre Carter will stay at the right. It should make Carter’s numbers jump up a little as teams might avoid Taylor.
From an IDP perspective (that would be Individual Defensive Player for you non-fantasy geeks) Taylor just went back up in cost. If you had an auction already and had the chance I hope you grabbed him cheap. He could be a good addition to your squad, though how much impact will depend on how he jells in camp. For Miami, this works as well. As much as they could use Taylor, Parcells has set the team up to live on without him. The writing has been on the wall for weeks. The only thing this does for them is get more draft picks – something Big Tuna loves.
Back with more later – remember an all new DRIVE BLOCK starts at 7pm PST/10EST tonight. Stop on by! You can also catch it on the Footballguys podcast Itunes feed (The Audible) or come here and listen to it.